Creating a project is only the beginning. Why not spread the word?
Ensure your README file details what your project does, its scope and contribution needs, and how to contribute to leverage your community.
Consider creating a Twitter account, blog posts and website to help people find and follow your project.
Learn from other maintainers on how to be more effective.
Bring in the robots to automate as much as possible through tests and other checks to save yourself time.
Spend time now to save time later.